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September – A Time to Learn with Books

Even as a kid, I couldn’t wait for the school year to begin. Goodbye to the lazy summer days of reading on the porch with no homework or strict bedtimes. Hello to fresh pencils, new shoes and haircuts, and a different assortment of teachers and classmates. I love September – the month of new beginnings, a time to reboot and learn. Most of these books should be available at libraries

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Katharine McGee – American Royals Author

“Who will read this? I don’t think people care that much about the royal family.” A devastated Katharine McGee took the manuscript from her agent and  put it aside. For six years. “He doesn’t know what he’s talking about. This is a good idea,” she thought. In the meantime, the Princeton/Stanford grad plugged away at her day job in the publishing world. As an assistant editor, she “developed and edited

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August Book Recommendations

I walk, cook, FaceTime with my kids and granddaughter, play an occasional game of golf. And read. When I can’t travel and explore like I used to, books are my next favorite way to escape to unfamiliar destinations and immerse myself in the local culture. Before we say goodbye to August, here are some of my favorite book recommendations this month. The Lions of Fifth Avenue – by Fiona Davis

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RJ Jacobs – Mystery Author and Clinical Psychologist

A few years ago, while conducting research for his first book, RJ Jacobs reached out to a virologist at Vanderbilt University. She and her lab colleagues studied viruses and the diseases they caused. “We’re currently investigating a strain of the coronavirus,” she said during their interview. RJ, and most of the rest of the world, had never heard of it. And Then You Were Gone arrived in bookstores last March,

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Fiona Davis – Historical Fiction Author

“Be open to hard swerves in your career—or life,” advises Fiona Davis. “Those detours may add up to discovering a truly fulfilling passion.” With four books on the bestseller charts in the last four years, Fiona’s fifth historical fiction novel is due out in July. One of my favorite authors, Fiona takes an iconic New York City landmark and weaves a compelling tale around its history, architecture, and inhabitants. In

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Nancy Davis Kho – The Thank You Project

Studies about the benefits of gratitude are plentiful. If we write in a daily gratitude journal or jot down three things we are thankful for each morning, happiness levels increase. Instead of seeing the negative around us, as humans tend to do, gratefulness will help us to view our world in a more positive light. As she approached her 50th birthday, Nancy Davis Kho put this gratitude theory to a

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Katherine Stano – Greeting Card Writer

Stacks of junk mail pour into my mailbox, – the physical one in the lobby of my building – and I throw away many more envelopes than I take the time to open. However, every once in awhile, stashed among the flyers and advertisements and credit card requests, I find a special something. Often tucked inside a brightly-colored envelope, the treasure is chosen especially for me. How I love to

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Judy Freedman – Loneliness To Loveliness

Perhaps you’ve read about negativity bias – the human brain’s tendency to focus on what is wrong in our life, rather than what is right. Some days, I fall squarely into this pattern.  I fixate on the silly remark I made to a friend – replaying it over and over again – and completely forget about the many things I managed to do well.  Judy Freedman has completely revamped the

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Kathy Schultenover – Book Club Enthusiast

One of the things I missed most about leaving Houston was my monthly book club meeting.   Our group was much more than lively conversation, often on topics far beyond the book we were meeting to discuss.  Book club prompted me to read books I might not normally choose and to explore topics I may not dig into on my own.  It forced me out of my box. Parnassus Books,

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Kathy Cire – Spreading Joy, Hope, and Peace

In October 2016, one week shy of her first birthday, Mary Caroline woke up with a fever.  With no health issues, the spirited and curious toddler appeared to have a childhood virus.  There seemed no reason for her parents and doctors to panic.  Until she did not improve…. Three days later, this precious little girl with the infectious smile and big hair bows passed away from a non-vaccine strain of

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